News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 22, 2013

No identification yet on bodies found in northwestern Vigo County


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Autopsy results show that a woman whose body was found in northwestern Vigo County Saturday night died as the result of strangulation, and the death is considered a homicide, according to an Indiana State Police news release.

Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos released some preliminary findings after autopsies were performed on the woman as well as a man whose body also was found at the scene. State Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the two bodies found on private property near U.S. 150 and Pennington Road.

The partially decomposed bodies were discovered around 10 p.m. by people riding all terrain vehicles in the area. The cause of death for the man is pending with the manner of death pending as well, according to the state police news release. There were no physical injuries consistent with causing his death. Toxicology results, expected to take two to four weeks, are pending on both the man and the woman.

Positive identification of the victims has not been made. The coroner’s office and ISP investigators continue their efforts to positively identify the deceased. Fingerprint identification will be attempted first and could have positive results in a couple of days. If no match is found, DNA testing will be utilized and could take up to a month.

At this time, ISP investigators have no evidence to suggest that anyone other than the deceased man caused the death of the woman and investigators believe there is no danger to the public from an outside suspect. However, the investigation is ongoing, according to state police. When asked if the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide, Amos responded, “possibly.” The deaths don’t appear to the result of a double homicide, she said.